Lyle Berkowitz, MD

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Digital Health Innovator and Virtual Care Pioneer; Practicing Physician at the Forefront of High Tech, Telehealth; Chief Medical Officer, MDLIVE

Biography

Before health care can reach its full potential and complete its shift toward value-based care, it needs to truly take advantage of technology. A “change doctor,” Lyle Berkowitz, M.D., has helped multiple systems maneuver the use of EMRs and other digital technologies to increase quality, efficiency and their bottom line. Now he’s helping pioneer the virtual care phenomenon as chief medical officer and executive vice president of product strategy for MDLIVE, a visionary in the field of telehealth and one of the nation’s largest virtual care provider networks. “America is approaching an inflection point for virtual care,” he says, “and it’s more important than ever to automate and virtualize key components of the health care system in order to provide the highest quality of medicine to as many patients as possible.”

Formerly the director of innovation at Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Berkowitz led its ambulatory care electronic medical record projects, helped design and launch a variety of telehealth projects, set up medical home and care coordination systems, and started its executive health program. Dr. Berkowitz also created FutureHealth, a precision medicine-based practice that combines high-touch personal and virtual care with the latest in genomics, DNA analysis, advanced imaging and other cutting-edge technologies to help patients live longer, better, more satisfying lives.

It’s a bold vision to practice the future of health care today, but Dr. Berkowitz is an ambitious innovator, forever at the forefront of improving physician and patient experiences through disruptive uses of information technology and strategies. Recognized by HealthLeaders as one of the nation’s top “individuals making a difference in today’s complex health care world” (Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better), and by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation as the winner of its iSpot Competition for “Ideas that Will Transform Healthcare,” he is co-founder of multiple health care startups, including healthfinch (The Doctor Happiness Company™), which develops physician workflow automation solutions.

Dr. Berkowitz – also a HealthSpottr “Future Health Top 100” and a Modern Healthcare “Top 25 Clinical Informaticist” – is committed to sharing his vision and best practices. A highly regarded speaker and noted author, he is an active presenter and panelist at national meetings, including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the National Healthcare CMO/CMIO Summit, among others. His book, “Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare” (Springer, 2013), provides an extensive review of what digital innovation means in health care, coupled with real-life examples and guidance for successfully innovating with health care IT.

He also leverages his vast knowledge of and passion for electronic medical records in numerous publications, including writing the chapter on “Physician Adoption Strategies” for the ACP’s book, “Electronic Medical Records.” Additionally, Dr. Berkowitz regularly writes for the HISTalk blog, is the author of “The Change Doctor” – voted one of the “Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs” – and the creator of “The High Tech Doc,” a multimedia series advising consumers how to use today’s IT to better manage their health.

Co-founder and chairman of healthfinch, a board member of Oneview Healthcare and executive director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program, Dr. Berkowitz also serves on the Governance Board of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN), the advisory board of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), and the editorial board for Clinical Innovation + Technology. He is a past board member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation and was a longtime editorial board member of Healthcare Informatics.

A clinical associate professor of medicine within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Berkowitz has achieved fellowship rank with both ACP and HIMSS organizations, and holds a biomedical engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a physician consultant to a wide variety of movie, television and theatrical productions, including “The Dark Knight,” “Batman v. Superman,” Transformers 3 & 4, “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Producers,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” “US Marshalls,” Ocean’s 11 and 12, “ER,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”

Lyle Berkowitz is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare (Health Informatics)

(Springer, November 2012)

Electronic Health Records

(American College of Physicians, March 2008)

Biography

Before health care can reach its full potential and complete its shift toward value-based care, it needs to truly take advantage of technology. A “change doctor,” Lyle Berkowitz, M.D., has helped multiple systems maneuver the use of EMRs and other digital technologies to increase quality, efficiency and their bottom line. Now he’s helping pioneer the virtual care phenomenon as chief medical officer and executive vice president of product strategy for MDLIVE, a visionary in the field of telehealth and one of the nation’s largest virtual care provider networks. “America is approaching an inflection point for virtual care,” he says, “and it’s more important than ever to automate and virtualize key components of the health care system in order to provide the highest quality of medicine to as many patients as possible.”

Formerly the director of innovation at Northwestern Medicine, Dr. Berkowitz led its ambulatory care electronic medical record projects, helped design and launch a variety of telehealth projects, set up medical home and care coordination systems, and started its executive health program. Dr. Berkowitz also created FutureHealth, a precision medicine-based practice that combines high-touch personal and virtual care with the latest in genomics, DNA analysis, advanced imaging and other cutting-edge technologies to help patients live longer, better, more satisfying lives.

It’s a bold vision to practice the future of health care today, but Dr. Berkowitz is an ambitious innovator, forever at the forefront of improving physician and patient experiences through disruptive uses of information technology and strategies. Recognized by HealthLeaders as one of the nation’s top “individuals making a difference in today’s complex health care world” (Twenty People Who Make Healthcare Better), and by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation as the winner of its iSpot Competition for “Ideas that Will Transform Healthcare,” he is co-founder of multiple health care startups, including healthfinch (The Doctor Happiness Company™), which develops physician workflow automation solutions.

Dr. Berkowitz – also a HealthSpottr “Future Health Top 100” and a Modern Healthcare “Top 25 Clinical Informaticist” – is committed to sharing his vision and best practices. A highly regarded speaker and noted author, he is an active presenter and panelist at national meetings, including the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the National Healthcare CMO/CMIO Summit, among others. His book, “Innovation with Information Technologies in Healthcare” (Springer, 2013), provides an extensive review of what digital innovation means in health care, coupled with real-life examples and guidance for successfully innovating with health care IT.

He also leverages his vast knowledge of and passion for electronic medical records in numerous publications, including writing the chapter on “Physician Adoption Strategies” for the ACP’s book, “Electronic Medical Records.” Additionally, Dr. Berkowitz regularly writes for the HISTalk blog, is the author of “The Change Doctor” – voted one of the “Top 50 Healthcare IT Blogs” – and the creator of “The High Tech Doc,” a multimedia series advising consumers how to use today’s IT to better manage their health.

Co-founder and chairman of healthfinch, a board member of Oneview Healthcare and executive director of the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program, Dr. Berkowitz also serves on the Governance Board of the Innovation Learning Network (ILN), the advisory board of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS), and the editorial board for Clinical Innovation + Technology. He is a past board member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation and was a longtime editorial board member of Healthcare Informatics.

A clinical associate professor of medicine within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Dr. Berkowitz has achieved fellowship rank with both ACP and HIMSS organizations, and holds a biomedical engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a physician consultant to a wide variety of movie, television and theatrical productions, including “The Dark Knight,” “Batman v. Superman,” Transformers 3 & 4, “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “The Producers,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” “US Marshalls,” Ocean’s 11 and 12, “ER,” “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.”

Lyle Berkowitz is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Why Precision Medicine is the Future of Health Care

Every patient is different – e.g., different genetic makeups, living in different environments – and that means what works for one doesn’t work for all. It’s also why Dr. Lyle Berkowitz believes personalized medicine, or precision medicine, is key to improving and transforming health care. But it’s not just for treating existing conditions, he says; it’s the future of preventative care.

Dr. Berkowitz explains how precision medicine – which leverages technology and taps health data –  works to predict and prevent diseases before they manifest, offering new ways to keep people healthy. He also presents his “4C” framework (caring, convenience, coordination and curation) while discussing how precision medicine will help primary care physicians increase patient engagement and take better advantage of technologies that allow real-time access and analysis of information from multiple sources: patient databases, medical literature, mobile monitoring and patients’ real-life experiences to provide more informed, targeted approaches to health and wellness.

It’s an approach that is already proving valuable. Dr. Berkowitz draws from anecdotes from his own practice, as well as industry examples, to make the personal – and business – case for why physicians and health systems alike need to take a closer look at adopting a more personalized approach to health care.

It’s Time to Disrupt Yourself – Before Someone Else Does It To You!

With the rise of the “FUAAA” companies (Facebook, Uber, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple), nearly every sector of our economy is being disrupted daily. It’s only a matter of time for health care. We are already starting to see rumblings: Facebook sends you news stories about your health concerns, Uber brings flu shots to your door, Amazon delivers pharmaceuticals, the Apple watch detects abnormal heart rhythms, and Alphabet launches primary care clinics across NYC neighborhoods.

If you are a health care system accustomed to everyone coming to you in the standard way, then watch out.  Real time analytics, artificial intelligence, the sharing economy and virtualization of everything are about to disrupt you – big time. If you don’t have a team and approach thinking about major changes in the next 5-10 years, then YOU might be the next Blockbuster, warns Dr. Lyle Berkowitz. Consider who has a better relationship with the majority of healthy people in your geography – Amazon Prime or your health care system? Ask yourself what you would do if an Amazon or Google bought your nearest competitor? Dr. Berkowitz will challenge you to think about these questions in depth and to come up with a disruption strategy that makes sense for both today and tomorrow.

The Healing Edge: Innovating Toward the Future of Health Care

There is a swell of despair and burnout in today’s health care world, especially as electronic medical records (EMRs) fail to live up to their promises, and changing reimbursement schemes and regulatory constraints tighten their grip. For all the doom and gloom, Dr. Lyle Berkowitz believes there are many outlets for optimism. Innovative ideas and technologies can save our health care system, while making doctors happier and patients healthier, he says. Dr. Berkowitz explores what this world might look like and then steps back to consider what we need to do today to move along that path of innovation. He points to different organizations across the nation that continue to successfully innovate in their use of health care information technologies – from creating major quality and efficiency gains using EMRs, to virtualizing health care via telemedicine, to fascinating uses of analytics, mobile technologies, and gaming techniques. Hear real world stories of how they started, how they succeeded, and the lessons they learned along the way. Learn about the process of innovation and how it takes you from idea generation through deployment and spread. Explore practical examples of HIT innovation that will help teach you how to successfully innovate in your own environment.

Improving the Patient Experience Starts with Embracing Doctor Happiness

Happiness drives success. It’s a simple fact of life, but it’s often ignored in the world of healthcare IT – a world where doctors are increasingly frustrated and significantly slowed by difficult-to-use technology, specifically electronic medical record systems. It doesn’t have to be this way, says Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, who explores how we might design information technology systems that make life easier for physicians while also making life better for patients. The “Doctor Happiness Guru” describes how to think innovatively about using healthcare IT in ways which can simplify, automate and delegate care, resulting in time savings for doctors, and improved patient care quality for patients.

We Don’t Have a Shortage of Physicians, Just a Shortage of Using Them Efficiently

Every few months another study warns of a severe shortage of primary care physicians (PCPs), but Dr. Lyle Berkowitz believes the bigger concern – and challenge – is not in the number of physicians, but in our ability to help those already on the job work more efficiently. Fortunately, both clinical information technology and innovation will deeply change medicine over the next decade, resulting in a new paradigm with the potential to improve both efficiency and quality of care. Here, software will automate or delegate much of the routine care traditionally provided by physicians. And if automated systems and empowered staff members manage stable patients according to evidence-based protocols, physicians can focus on more complex patients who truly require their attention. Dr. Berkowitz envisions and navigates this future paradigm where individual physicians will actually see fewer patients, but oversee a team who will care for more patients. In other words, we don’t need more physicians; we need a better system to help most appropriately leverage physicians, staff and IT.

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“Dr. Berkowitz’s engaging, entertaining and informative presentation of the state-of-the-art of Innovation in HIT targeted to Ambulatory Care set a high bar of quality and information for our meeting this year. The feedback from AMDIS members present (all experienced Medical Informatics experts from around the country) was uniformly positive. The scope of Dr. Berkowitz’s presentation set an excellent tone and informative theme for this year’s meeting that was ranked at the top of the attendee response scale for this two day meeting.

Having known Dr. Berkowitz personally for over a decade, it was truly wonderful to witness how his style, experience and communication ability have rightly and truly placed him at the top of the American medical informatics community.”

—William F. Bria MD, Chairman of the Board, AMDIS

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